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Tartan 30 Bow Lights

Does anyone have photos of the backs of the bow light fixtures in a Tartan 30?

My original bow lights are lacking bulbs and part of the fixtures.


The fixtures themselves have no backs, so I don't know how the bulbs were originally held in place or how they were meant to be wired.

A previous owner just ran wire directly to some bulbs and then wrapped them in electrical tape. The bulk of the tape held the bulbs in place by friction until the anchor chain snagged the wires and tore it all apart.
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Re: Tartan 30 Bow Lights

You'll be best to remove the fixtures from the hull and then they can be rebuilt. The lens is glass and can be cleaned up and the socket is replaceable. There are some "slotted" set screws holding it all together but you'll need to clean some corrosion off to see them and use some PB Blaster to get them apart. The sockets can be purchased at West Marine or any chandlery and are a few $$$. Re-use the lens, install a new socket and bulb and re-install in the hull. I did this project on a Tartan 30 last year but only have one shot of the fixture. Could have sworn I took more but they may be hiding on a SD card somewhere...

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Re: Tartan 30 Bow Lights

Thanks! That's pretty helpful. At this point I'm torn between fixing the existing lights and mounting a LED bow light on the pulpit.

Two reasons to go LED:
1) The new light would be mounted above deck level, providing greater visibility.
2) The wiring run up to the bow is causing a 2-volt drop already. I don't think it could properly power a pair of new incandescent bulbs. The wiring is on my todo list, but LEDs would let me run with it as-is.

Reasons to repair the current lights:
1) No need to glass over the old light holes in the topsides
2) They look so much better than the LED enclosures
3) No hassles running wire through the pulpit.
4) The side lights aren't subject to as much force when the bow plows into the next wave.

So many options!
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